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Targeting the top: BJP, Cong throw muck at each other

Senior BJP leader alleges prime minister's office involved in corruption. Congress spokesperson hits back, claims BJP president Nitin Gadkari involved in Adarsh housing society scam.

delhi Updated: Nov 10, 2010 18:32 IST

Accuse and offend: the Congress and the BJP have made this their strategy as one alleged scam after another hits the government and disrupts Parliament.

Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Wednesday said the prime minister's office (PMO) may also be involved in corruption surrounding the Commonwealth Games, Adarsh housing society scam and the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Joshi told reporters in Delhi said certain "information" indicated that officials from the PMO may also be involved in these corruption cases.

"There is information that some elements from the PMO may also be involved in these corruption cases," he said.

"No ministry should be spared from investigation. That's why a joint parliamentary committee is needed," he said. Joshi said that the government agencies meant for probing such cases were being misused as political tools.

"We are demanding a joint parliamentary committee so that we are assured that the inquiry is impartial," he said. Joshi said that the party was forced to disrupt parliament proceedings as the ruling party did not allow a discussion on corruption.

The Congress replied to these allegations by claiming that a person "very very close" to BJP president Nitin Gadkari had a flat in Mumbai's Adarsh housing society apartment complex, where houses meant for Kargil war widows and martyrs' families were given to politicians, bureaucrats and former defence chiefs.

"While raising the Adarsh issue, they (the BJP) are not taking the name Suresh Prabhu, who was a minister in the NDA regime or Sancheti who is supposed to be very, very close to BJP president Nitin Gadkari.

"According to reports, Sancheti, whose monthly salary is just Rs 8600, has purchased a flat worth Rs 60 lakh. There is speculation in media that Sancheti is a proxy for Nitin Gadkari," alleged Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed.

BJP spokesman Prakash Javdekar called the allegations baseless and threatened to sue Ahmed if he couldn't prove them within 72 hours.

Ahmed, however, sought to claim high moral ground for his party on the corruption issues and accused BJP of practicing "double standards" in the matter.

(With PTI and IANS inputs)

First Published: Nov 10, 2010 17:55 IST